Trump signs bill authorising Nasa funding, Mars exploration

2017-03-22 08:20
President Donald Trump. (Evan Vucci, AP)

President Donald Trump. (Evan Vucci, AP)

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Washington — President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that adds exploration of Mars as a Nasa goal.

The new law also authorises $19.5bn in space agency funding for the 2017 budget year, which began October 1. Trump recently sent Congress a budget proposal that authorises $19.1bn for the space agency next year.

The measure amends current law to add human exploration of Mars as one of Nasa's objectives. It also directs Nasa to manage human space flight programmes to help humans explore Mars and other destinations.

Trump signed the bill in the Oval Office surrounded by astronauts and bill sponsors, including Senators Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.


Read more on:    nasa  |  donald trump  |  us  |  space exploration

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